Read : Current Affairs: 8th November, 2020

Posted on :- 2020-11-09 10:39:03
Source :- The Hindu Newspaper

                                 Current Affairs(8TH  NOVEMBER)             














  • The Bilateral Summit between India and Italy was held virtually on 6th November 2020. The Summit was attended by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte.


  • The two leaders reviewed the broad framework of the

bilateral relationship and reaffirmed their commitment to

strengthen cooperation against common global challenges, including the Covid-19 pandemic.


  • A wide range of issues was discussed including political, economic, scientific & technological, space and defence


  • Fifteen MoUs/Agreements were signed during the Summit in various sectors such as

energy, fisheries, shipbuilding, design etc.



Incumbent President of Italy: Sergio Mattarella.

Incumbent Prime Minister of Italy: Giuseppe Conte.





  • The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has finally allowed Facebook- owned messaging platform “WhatsApp” to roll out its payments service in the country in a “graded”


  • The announcement by NPCI came after the organisation made a crucial change to its regulations concerning the use of the Unified Payments Interface (UPI).







  • The change puts a limit on single third parties such as WhatsApp or its rivals Google Pay and Walmart’s PhonePe where they can only handle 30 percent of overall UPI transaction


  • The NPCI runs the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) used for real-time payments between peers or at merchants’ end while making


  • The UPI channel has rapidly grown to become India’s most favoured mode of digital transactions since its launch in terms of


  • National Payments Corporation of India MD & CEO: Dilip
  • National Payments Corporation of India Headquarters:
  • National Payments Corporation of India Founded:





  • India condemned Pakistan’s decision to transfer the management of the Kartarpur Sahib gurudwara from a Sikh body to a separate trust, saying it runs against the religious sentiments of the Sikh


  • While China strongly condemned India's move to abrogate

Article 370 and the grant of UT's status to Jammu and Kashmir, it has turned a blind eye to Pakistan's motion to grant province status to Gilgit-Baltistan.


  • China's support for Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir is motivated by a desire to perpetuate its illegal territorial occupation in the trans-Karakoram Shaksgam Tract of Kashmir.







  • The Shaksgam Valley in the trans-Karakoram tract, part of PoK, was handed over by Pakistan to China through an illegal border agreement in


  • This has allowed China to claim the whole of Aksai Chin in which it had no historical presence. China occupies 5,180 square kilometres in the Shaksgam Valley and approximately 38,000 square kilometres in Aksai Chin.


  • China and Pakistan have been trying to promote the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which runs through parts of Indian Territory under their respective occupation.





  • Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) has conducted a three-day Tri-Service Combat Exercise code-named “Bull Strike” at Teressa Island in Nicobar Group of


  • The exercise focussed on interoperability and synergy among three services – Army, Navy and Air Force to maximise combat


  • The exercise saw participation from three services components of ANC, elements of Indian Army’s Parachute Brigade, MARCOS (Marine Commando Force) and Special


  • The training activities included combat free fall and paradrop from Advanced Airlifter C-130J “Super Hercules” by a company of Para Commandos, action by MARCOS of Indian Navy and Special Heli Borne Operations (SHBO) by Indian Army Ghatak platoons.


  • Chief of Defence Staff of India: General Bipin







  • Commander-in-Chief of Indian Armed Forces: Ram Nath Kovind (President of India).





  • A two-day joint coastal security exercise, “Sagar Kavach” was launched at Paradip Coast, Odisha. The exercise is being carried out by a joint effort of the state of Odisha and West Bengal


  • The main purpose of the exercise is to carry out the exercise on

the coast of Paradip this year, just like every year after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.



  • The exercise is being carried out to prevent a repeat of the Mumbai attacks by sea. More than 10 such departments, including the Indian Navy, the Indian Coast Guard, the Odisha Police, the local fishermen, the forest department, and the port marine department, have joined the joint


  • It will run for two days, with red and green forces being formed to infiltrate and prevent attacks. This year for coastal security the exercise was named “Sagar Kavach”.


  • Chief of the Naval Staff: Admiral Karambir





  • Private lender ICICI Bank has launched a comprehensive banking programme for its millennial customers, (in the age bracket of 18 years to 35 years), called ‘ICICI Bank Mine’.







  • The ‘ICICI Bank Mine’ is India’s first and unique product launched by the bank to offer a mobile-first, highly personalized and experiential led banking experience to the millennial


  • The Features of ‘ICICI Bank Mine’ includes Instant savings account, New look iMobile, the Bank’s mobile banking app, Curated credit and debit card, Instant personal loans & overdrafts, Experiential branch with social engagement


ICICI Bank Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra.

ICICI Bank MD & CEO: Sandeep Bakhshi.

ICICI Bank Tagline: Hum Hai Na, Khayal Apka.





  • The Government of India is planning to approve national standard specifications and rules for Metro Neo targeted at tier 2 & tier 3 cities. Metro Neo is a no-frills, low-cost urban rail transit


  • This Metro Neo is a mass rapid transit system that provides low-cost, energy-efficient, & eco-friendly transport solutions of urban for tier 2 and tier 3


  • Metro Neo will draw traction power from overhead wires. So, Metro Neo will not run on track but road. This Metro opts for traffic demand places where there are 8,000 passengers or above one way in peak


  • These Metro systems are smaller and lighter than conventional Metro trains. Metro Neo costs about 25% of conventional systems but will have similar facilities, and are cheaper than the other budget option Metrolite, which costs about 40% of the normal Metro.


  • The Maharashtra government has already given a green signal for this state-of-the-art

Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) for Nashik.



               CENTRAL COMMITTEE TO ASSESS TRP SYSTEM                  


  • The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has constituted a four-member committee, to assess the existing Television Rating Points (TRP) of TV channels. The committee will be chaired by Prasar Bharati CEO, Shashi S


  • The committee will be responsible to address the ‘needs of the

stakeholders’ and make necessary recommendations for a rating system which shall be ‘robust, transparent and accountable’.


  • It will have to submit its report to the Information and Broadcasting minister within two months. The need to form such a committee was felt after the alleged TRP scam in which it was alleged that certain TV channels manipulated TRPs in return for


  • TRP is calculated in India by the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) using a device called Bar-O-Meter, which is installed in over 45,000 households across the country.


  • The device collects data about a programme or channel watched by members of these households on the basis of which weekly ratings are issued by


  • Chairman of BARC India: Punit Goenka.
  • BARC Founded:
  • BARC Headquarters:

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